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Newport International Boat Show 2010

October 3, 2010

We were delighted to have been able to present our collection of historic charts, maps and plans at the prestigious Newport RI Boat Show.

It is about 6 months since we were in Newport and it was, of course, very different from the cold, sleepy and rather white little seaport town that we encountered back then.  Newport is never more beautiful than in September with the still warm days of summer lingering, if as any local will tell you, you can put-up with the ever-present threat of showers and hurricane strength winds!

The show was important for us as we have in our collection some beautiful 18th century charts and maps which we knew had never been seen in this historic town before.  All of our collection focusses on the coast-line of the eastern seaboard and Narragansett was, back in the 1770’s, a hugely important region for the British navy.  The charts are of no less appeal nowadays to those who currently sail the waters and are interested in the hydrography, the history or indeed just the beautiful art-work.

We were delighted with the response and attention we received on-stand from all who saw us.

Most important of all were the fantastic people we met while at the show, amongst whom I’d like to mention:

Lisa DiRaimo of the Rhode Island Maritime Trades Association (RIMTA) who had the stand next to us, was fabulous company and just a wealth of helpfulness and joy.  Thank you Lisa!

Lisa Knowles, Sales Manager for the Newport Exhibition Group who encouraged us to attend the show in the first place – we still have a couple of charts with your name on them Lisa!..

Merrilee Zellner, proprietor of the William Gyles Guest House in Newport, who apart from accommodating us in her fabulous establishment throughout our stay was the font of all knowledge of the people and the town of Newport.  Thank you Merrilee for your walking-tours, sheer ‘positiveness’ and enthusiasm.

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Thanks also to Heather Jernegan and Steele Sartwell of  ‘Not For Navigation’ who shared their experience of exhibiting and moments of respite between customers. We hope to see you both again at another show..

See you all next year!


Inclusion of Views on nautical charts

July 27, 2010

By the mid-1770s the inclusion of views on nautical charts became increasingly accepted and required practice to assist navigation and aid pilotage into foreign harbours.  As far back as 1759, the British Admiralty issued instructions to Sea Captains that all ships were required to make accurate observations as to the state of home and foreign coasts.   Where artists (or those able to draw) were on-board ship they should provide illustrations.  The need to produce ‘views’ formed an increasingly important part of late 18th century navigation, and (long before the invention of photography) enabled navigators to be able to recognize land features as aids and set compass fixings to negotiate entrance into harbours.

Just a few of the views included in the Heritage Charts collection include Des Barres’ ‘Four Views of Boston Harbour’ and ‘View of Portsmouth in New Hampshire taken from the East Shore’ and De la Rochette’s ‘A Chart of the Antilles, or Charibbe or Caribs Islands’.


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